Daily GK Update: 15th April 2020

Current Affairs

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1. Tourism Ministry launches #DekhoApnaDesh” webinar series

A webinar series titled “#DekhoApnaDesh” has been launched by the Indian Tourism Ministry. This unique series has been launched by the tourism ministry to provide information on many destinations and culture & heritage of Incredible India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism: Prahalad Singh Patel.

 

2. NIOS to run live counseling sessions on free-to-air DTH channels

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is going to run live counseling sessions on free-to-air DTH channels for secondary and senior secondary levels respectively in order to overcome the loss of academic time of the students.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

 

3. Google launches ‘Nearby Spot’ to help users find local stores

Google has launched ‘Nearby Spot’ under “Google Pay” to assist users to find local stores selling essentials like groceries that are open, amid the lockdown. The Google “Nearby Spot” is going to be launched in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi soon.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai; Headquarters: California, United States.

 

 

4. ADB increases its COVID-19 Response Package to $20 Billion

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has increased the size of its COVID-19 Response Package to $20 Billion. The amount in the COVID-19 Response Package was initially $6.5 billion as per announcement in March 2020 as ADB’s response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. ADB has also approved ways and means to streamline its actions for quicker and more flexible delivery of assistance.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of Asian Development Bank: Masatsugu Asakawa.

 

5. UP became 1st state to start “Pool Testing” of Covid-19 samples

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given permission to Uttar Pradesh to start “Pool Testing” of COVID-19 samples in the state. With this, Uttar Pradesh will be the first state to start pool testing. At present 558 COVID-19 cases have been found in the state.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Anandiben Patel is the current Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.

 

6. Jharkhand hospitals employ ‘COBOT-Robotics’ to serve COVID-19 patients

Jharkhand hospitals employ ‘COBOT-Robotics’ Robots to serve food, medicine to COVID-19 patients without human intervention. The remote-controlled robot dubbed as ‘COBOT-Robotics’ has been developed by District Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) Aditya Ranjan and his team of engineers.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Jharkhand: Hemant Soren.
  • Governor of Jharkhand: Droupadi Murmu.
  • Ranchi is the capital of Jharkhand.
  • Jharkhand was created on 15h November 2000.

 

 

7. Manipur Govt launches Electronic format of comic textbooks

Government of Manipur has launched Electronic format of comic textbooks. The Department of Education (schools) has initiated the electronic format comic textbooks for Class III, IV and V as steps and measures to make up the gaps for the academic situation, especially for the schools.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Manipur Chief Minister: N. Biren Singh.
  • Governor of Manipur: Najma Heptulla.
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Bishnupur district of the state of Manipur. The only floating park in the world, located in North East India, and an integral part of Loktak Lake.

 

8. Goa becomes the 1st state to use Ayurveda to COVID-19 patients

Goa becomes the first state to integrate allopathy and Ayurveda to boost the immunity of COVID-19 patients and those who have been quarantined. The treatment will be administered in consultation with doctors who are dealing with COVID-19 patients, who is also an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Goa: Panaji
  • Chief Minister of Goa: Pramod Sawant
  • Governor of Goa: Satya Pal Malik.

 

9. DRDO develops kiosk “COVSACK” for COVID-19 sample collection

The “COVSACK” is a kiosk developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the COVID-19 sample collections. This newly made kiosk can make the process of collecting samples free of infection spread and will help in combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation: G Satheesh Reddy.
  • Headquarters of DRDO: New Delhi.

 

10. India will host Asian Boxing Championship in November

The National Sports Federation of India has announced that it will host the Asian Boxing Championships for men and women in November-December this year. The host city of the competition is not yet decided.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Boxing Federation of India: New Delhi
  • President of Boxing Federation of Indian: Ajay Singh.
  • BFI is the governing body for Olympic boxing in India. It represents India at the International Boxing Association.

 

11. Tour de France postponed due to Coronavirus Pandemic

World-famous cycle race tournament “Tour de France” has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The three-week race that was set to start on the 27th of June in the Riviera city, France.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of France: Paris.
  • The currency of France: Euro, CFP Franc.

 

12. World Art day celebrated on 15 April

World Art Day is celebrated globally on 15 April every year to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art. This day is being celebrated all over the world to emphasize the importance of art that nurtures creativity, innovation and cultural diversity for all peoples across the globe.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay.

 

13. Former pro golfer Doug Sanders passes away

Former pro golfer Doug Sanders passed away. He was known as the “peacock of the fairways” for his stylish and bright-hued clothing. He won 20 titles on the PGA Tour including the 1956 Canadian Open and four runner-up finishes in majors with the 1970 Open Championship.

 

 

14. Swiss Ice Hockey player Roger Chappot passes away due to Coronavirus

Former Switzerland’s Ice hockey player Roger Chappot passed away due to Coronavirus. He played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team. He also represented the Switzerland national team at the Winter Olympics in 1964. He was the Swiss league’s leading scorer in the 1964 season.

 

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